Food does not generally inspire me to take its picture... ⠀⠀ (Unless I’m sharing Ayurveda recipes with my Eleven Moons community—that’s different 😘) ⠀⠀ ...but this little number has been inspiring me for days ⠀⠀ + it’s easy ⠀⠀ Colorado peaches Colorado yogurt (I’m sure you can find these things in other states too!) Honey drizzle. Cacao nibs. Cardamom. ⠀⠀ I mean. 😍
“So long as you’re projecting your own inner image, you are entwined in your own narcissism. You are in love with yourself. If you persist in your unconscious projection, that’s just neurotic self-indulgence. There is a terrible danger in falling into sentimentality. But real love actually opens the heart to loving someone totally other than you.” ⠀⠀—Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, 99 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 DEEP LOVE for my teachers: ⠀⠀ Marion Woodman Pema Chodron Sreedevi Bringi My sweet Mama Marley ⠀⠀ & Martin Joseph 💗... ... Today and every day. ⠀⠀ #gurupurnima #soulartist #grateful
Dig this image created by @krishnafortoday ⠀⠀ It depicts the moment in the Indian epic, Ramayana, when the bear king, Jambavan, reminds Hanuman of his divine powers. It’s a turning point in the story, from which the monkey-god takes his giant leap to Lanka and becomes the glorious hero. ⠀⠀ Jambavan is not nearly as famous as Hanuman, even though the bear’s friendly counsel was crucial for the story’s victorious end. ⠀⠀ Throughout my life, I’ve had teachers like that. I’m grateful—beyond words—for those who have stood before me like a mirror, reflecting the divine light of infinite Love and reminding me of my inner power. ⠀⠀ Happy Guru Purnima. ⠀⠀ Recognize, honor, and celebrate your teacher(s)—those who remind you of who you really are. ⠀⠀ #gurupurnima #grateful
This child completely annihilates any temptation for regret. ⠀⠀ Every choice I’ve made: big or small, difficult, easy, inspired, or ridiculous... It all led me to be her mama. ⠀⠀ She is the most beautiful proof of the ultimate fulfillment of Love. ⠀⠀ #inthemamahood #lotusheartgirl #littlelotusheart #loveisstrongerthandoubt #loveisstronger #love
My word for this year is CONSOLIDATION. ⠀⠀ I love that it refers both to organization and potency. ⠀⠀ Since I started teaching yoga, 19 years ago (!), I’ve approached the practice as an academic study, an experience of mindfulness, a physical exercise, a tool for self care, a psycho-spiritual science, an alchemical awakening, a treasury of mythic symbol, a participation in the mystery, and a relationship to Infinite Source. ⠀⠀ My journey has led me all over the world, deep into my own heart’s center, and off to pursue a PhD. ⠀⠀ At every turn I have been surrounded by the most devoted mentors from the most profound traditions. ⠀⠀ I am grateful. ⠀⠀ I have learned that teaching yoga isn’t about knowing some wisdom that no one else knows. It is the service of waking and revivifying that wisdom which EVERYONE already knows, deeply, in their heart of hearts. 💗 ⠀⠀ #yogateacher #soulartist #innerpoweryoga #consolidation #yogajourney
That was KT’s response to the question: “What does Inner Power Yoga mean to you?” ⠀⠀ I’m thrilled to announce that I will be teaching YOGA. (Inner Power Yoga) as in ASANA. as in MAT CLASSES again. ...back where it all started 20 years ago, in my adopted hometown of Vail, CO. ⠀⠀ Let’s begin next Monday: July 15!!! Shall we? I hope to see everyone there. 💗 ⠀⠀ Find deets in my Calendar @ www.rrshakti.love
Grace. I welcome you. May my tiger-spirit Love take on a bit more dolphin energy today. I’m ready for a little more fluidity and play... in every way.
At this time of year, the United States of America celebrates its sovereignty as a country independent from other world entities. But how independent are we really? ⠀⠀ The truth of our interdependence has become more and more apparent...and important. We must acknowledge our reliance upon each other for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Countries depend on both global and inter-personal connection for economic stability, ecological hope, and the general maintenance of world peace. ⠀⠀ Humanity is interconnected with Nature. We rely on her resources for our survival. Inversely, the survival of Earth’s resources depends upon the wise choices of humanity. Each person’s identity and experience is deeply intertwined with the people that surround her and the entire world at large. ⠀⠀ This month, in the Eleven Moons Online God/dess Odyssey, we celebrate the moon as a vision of interconnectedness. Lunar forces influence the rhythm of the tides. Similarly, we are intimately affected by the energies around us. Just as we cannot see the moon except for the sun’s light shining upon it, our lives are each a reflection of the one, Infinite Source. ⠀⠀ Every encounter is an opportunity to reflect that divine light to one another, reminding each other of our true nature as Love. We need each “other.” #interdependence #elevenmoons #soulartist
Invoking the spirit animal of Stevie Nicks, showing off our robot dance moves, telling each other our kids' best jokes, and channeling the wisdom of our beloved teachers; Amy Baker, Keri Bergeron and I are having a serious blast preparing for the upcoming 300-hour Advanced Yoga Education offerings at the The Lodge at Vail. www.livinginalignment.yoga ⠀⠀ photos: Joshua Stevenson Flashpoint Photography
July brings the Thunder Moon and, as I write you this note, a precious afternoon shower makes the Vail mountainside glow even more brightly green. ⠀⠀ I breathe deeply and enjoy the rich aromas of earth. What a gift to pause for a moment and appreciate the peace and power of Nature. ⠀⠀ Pause with me this month as we move into the Saraswati Moons of summer. ⠀⠀ I’m not saying: “Stop everything!” But I am suggesting that you do take a moment to evaluate. Is what you are doing actually nourishing you? ⠀⠀ If an activity, event, friend, commitment, work, exercise…etc. is NOT providing you with refreshment or delight in this moment, perhaps you can let it go for a while. It is time to do less. ⠀⠀ Listen more. Learn more. ⠀⠀ RECEIVE MORE. ⠀⠀ This month, the Eleven Moons Online God/dess Odyssey is all about nourishment, as we invoke Saraswati, honor the healing power of water, and establish a sacred home-base. ...so that we may create from a space of clear wisdom. ⠀⠀ #elevenmoons #soulartist #saraswati #newmoon
I surrender. I trust in the fulfillment of Love. & Thank you. 🙏🏼 These are the only prayers that make any sense to me, lately. What’s your prayer?
”We don’t just need a progressive politics or a conservative politics; we need a more deeply human politics. We need a politics of love. Love is the angel of our better nature, just as fear is the demon of the lower self. And it is love, not fear, that has made us great. When politics is used for loveless purposes, love and love alone can override it. It was love that abolished slavery, it was love that gave women suffrage, it was love that established civil rights, and it is love that we need now.” ⠀⠀ - Marianne Williamson A Politics of Love.
The question is: HOW WILL YOU RESPOND? ⠀⠀ When “the other side” attacks your values, your sense of security—in fact the very ground of your stability, how will you respond? ⠀⠀ Will you respond with divisiveness, judgement, and condemnation? Will you perpetuate the anger, the alienation—the hateful words and actions that you claim to oppose? ⠀⠀ Fearful people say fearsome things. Scared people do scary things. ⠀⠀ Anyone can retweet that nasty and divisive post coming down the line. But it takes courage, compassion, and creative clarity to stand strong in Love.
Listening from a sweaty Savasana, I hear these words again...for the first time: ⠀⠀ If you're lost you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting Time after time. ⠀⠀ — Cyndi Lauper ⠀⠀ #surrender #GreatSpirit #remember #Love
The voice of authority does not have to be rude, brash, or condescending. ⠀⠀ A voice of authority can have a lilt to it, a giggle in it...a suppleness within its strength. A fluidity. ⠀⠀ Fluidity is powerful. The rush of consolidated water cuts through solid earth to deepen and expand its way. Even a trickle—a gently seeping spring—penetrates with persistence and grace... to make lasting change. ⠀⠀ There is a flexibility, a fluidity—an inclusiveness—within true power. ⠀⠀ Rigid authority smacks of insecurity. 📷 @angie_barnes_photography
“...And in that simple, clear, unmistakable regard, translation has ceased in all domains, and you have transformed into the very Heart of the Kosmos itself—and there, right there, very simply, very quietly, it is all undone.” —Ken Wilbur There is a moment, after the caterpillar molts and before the butterfly emerges, when inside the shiny chrysalis there is nothing but potential.
What’s in that giant egg underneath your tush? 🥚 ⠀⠀ So far, for me, 2019 has been all about shedding...letting go of unnecessary baggage. ...Getting rid of outdated stories. ...Demolishing walls that once provided shelter, but now just block my view. 🔥 ⠀⠀ I’ve been guiding my friends in the Eleven Moons God/dess Odyssey to release what limits them, too. ⠀⠀ And this past weekend was a huge celebration—Pink Moon, Hanuman Jayanti, Easter...EARTH DAY! It was a turning point...an initiation into the full expression of your gifts, strengths, and creative power. 🌸 ⠀⠀ The time has come to clearly identify what you’re sitting on. What’s the big, exquisite, soul-fulfilling idea you are hatching now?
I’m enamored of people—women, men, and all—who break free from their agreement bubble. ⠀⠀ If you’re careful, you can use social media to synthesize a world in which everyone agrees with you—wether it’s a dark cave or an ivory tower. ⠀⠀ ✨ My husband calls our agreement bubble the “Green Temple.” It’s a world where “everyone” is fit and active, nurses their babes till grade school, goes on surfing/meditation retreat to Costa Rica, eats vegan and listens to Michael Franti.⠀⠀ ...Yoga teachers, life coaches, and peace warriors—optimistic mystics preaching to a choir of opti-mystics. ⠀⠀ And don’t get me wrong: I LOVE MY PEOPLE. We move with the light. 🌈 ⠀⠀ But there is a whole world full of more people...ALSO MY PEOPLE...who feel hurt, angry, separate, desperate, hopeless, or indifferent today. ⠀⠀ Maybe they don’t do yoga. Maybe they have no idea who Ram Dass is (gasp!). Maybe they don’t even like kale. 🙃 ⠀⠀ I’m looking for those people. I want to see you. I want to tell you that, within all of our beautiful difference, WE ARE THE SAME. (and you are LOVE). ⠀⠀ ...even if you don’t agree with me.
The voice of Love is “still” and “small” —not because it is weak. ⠀⠀ The voice of Love is “still” and “small” because it is so powerful that—if you are truly listening—all it takes is a gentle whisper to bring you back to wholeness. ⠀⠀ Listen In. ⠀⠀ #stillsmallvoice 💗 🌸 🕸 ❄️ 🌀 @rrshakti
Perhaps as long as the Goddess (or any God image) is viewed as an object or power that remains outside the human psyche, she cannot have a lasting positive impact on the roles of men and women in society. ⠀⠀ With psycho-spiritual introspection, however, we can claim both the masculine and feminine powers of God/dess as a transformational energy—one that heals fragmentation, repairs social inequity, and supports psychological wholeness. ⠀⠀ Jai Ma! 🌼 #navratri
What happens in the dark? 🌑 ⠀⠀ Darkness gets a bad rap. We want to “see” everything that’s going on around us...as if by “seeing it” all, we can control it all. But fear makes people blind. ⠀⠀ There is a whole different way of “seeing” that happens when you turn inward. Sometimes you have to close your eyes, turn off the lights, get really quiet...to see the brilliance of deeper insight. ⠀⠀ There, in the dark corridors, beyond the reach of the ego’s incessant need for control, is a peace beyond all comprehension; a Love light that has no shadow... which produces unimaginable GROWTH. 🌱 ⠀⠀ I’ve been engaging New Moon opportunities to turn inward again and again. This month invites us into NINE nights of contemplation and transformation with the Chaitra Navaratri. ⠀⠀ This Indian celebration is radiantly sweet...packed with insights to illuminate and nourish the heart of anyone, anywhere, who is willing to settle their seeds—deep—within the fruitful darkness. 💗 ⠀⠀ #newmoon #elevenmoons #soulartist #rrshakti #chaitranavaratri
The #ElevenMoons SPRING 3-Day Tech. Break is scheduled to begin tomorrow. ⠀⠀ This is an opportunity to clear your mind of clutter, to stoke the inner fires of your life force energy, and provide nourishment to your soul. ⠀⠀ When you give yourself the gift of turning off your phone, pausing emails, and saying so long to the incessant chatter of social media...you actually improve your mood and creativity. You open to a deeper connection with your Self and the world around you. ⠀⠀ This 3-Day tech. break is a ritual for transformation–a way of honoring the creative powers of the Springtime and channeling the infinite potential of your True Nature. 💗 ⠀⠀ See you in a few...
The simple gesture of palms together (Anjali mudra) is an invocation of wholeness. It symbolizes the sacred marriage of all perceived opposites= 🌗 masculine/feminine dark/light unconscious/conscious Self/other ⠀⠀ When you realize your Self as whole, you awaken to deeper levels of courage, fathomless layers of compassion, and the creative clarity to move mountains. ⠀⠀ 🙏🏼 ⠀⠀ @whatyogaIS
Love light shines brightest in the darker spaces.
When I turned 30, I stopped caring (so much) about what other people think of me. Something shifted that year, like a sunrise; and the new-found freedom accelerated Self-knowledge and the discovery of what I truly value. ⠀⠀ I like to joke that when I turned 40, I stopped caring about what I think of myself. 😁 ⠀⠀ What that really means is that I have been gradually disassembling the crafty traps of the ego—judgement, disappointment, and doubt. ⠀⠀ My 40s have been about developing MAITRI. That is an important word to the Shambhala Tradition. It means “unconditional friendship with yourself.” ⠀⠀ Maitri is more than “self-care.” Spa days and affirmations will only get you so far. Maitri is embracing the totality of your Self—making peace with even the most uncomfortable parts. Unconditional friendship with your Self allows you to courageously gather up your scattered projections and see the world with a clearer heart. 💗 ⠀⠀ Maitri is an ever-beckoning invitation. ...and your life is worth it. 📷 @ejdilley #maitri #shambhala @anipemachodron #courage #compassion
She took a break from her legos, finished her milk and cookie, laid her pixie body out on the floor like a starburst—arms spread wide... closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and said: ⠀⠀ “Quietly listening. Your eyes are closed. Even when you’re not doing anything, you’re still doing something.” ⠀⠀ “That’s beautiful,” I gasped. “Where did you hear it?” I looked up from my book to give a smile...but her thick, little girly eyelashes were still laced upon her cherub cheeks. ⠀⠀ “From the Earth, Mama,” she whispered...”From the Earth.” ⠀⠀ #lotusheartgirl #babypoet #guruchild